The Palo Alto Networks PA-3260 Next-Gen Firewall is part of the 3200 series of Next Generation firewalls. The other are the Palo Alto PA-3220 and Palo Alto PA-3250. These firewalls target high-speed internet gateway deployments. The PA-3200 series secure all traffic.
That includes encrypted traffic, using dedicated processing and memory for networking, security, threat prevention, and management. And the big deal with this series is that is the first Next-Gen firewall family powered by machine learning.
Machine Learning – Why it’s a big deal
In short, ML is the science of getting computers to get smarter over time, on their own, like humans do. It is not exactly the same as Artificial Intelligence, but for our purposes, it’s close. There’s an old axiom about computers; they don’t do what you want them to; they do what you tell them to.
This allows the PA-3200 series to provide dynamic security actions based on user behavior to restrict suspicious or malicious users. They can also consistently authenticate and authorize your users, no matter where they are.
The controlling element of the PA-3200 Series is PAN-OS. It’s the same software that runs all Palo Alto firewalls. PAN-OS natively classifies all traffic, inclusive of applications, threats, and content. It then ties that traffic to the user regardless of location or device type.
The application, content, and user (the elements that run your business) then serve as the basis of your security policies. This results in improved security posture and reduced response times.
Features of the PA-3200 series
The Palo Alto PA-3260 is loaded with capabilities, as you would expect from anything that wears the Palo Alto logo. It identifies and categorizes all applications, on all ports, all the time, with full Layer 7 inspection. And, it identifies the applications traversing your network irrespective of port, protocol, evasive techniques, or encryption (TLS/SSL).
It also enables you to safely implement SD-WAN. And, the Palo Alto 3200 series benefits from centralized management, configuration, and visibility for multiple firewalls. Of course, this is irrespective of location or scale.
This firewall will also Identify the applications traversing your network. Everything, irrespective of port, protocol, evasive techniques, or encryption (TLS/SSL). It automatically discovers and controls new applications to keep pace with the SaaS explosion with SaaS Security subscription. Palo Alto firewalls use the application, not the port, as the basis for all your safe enablement policy decisions: allow, deny, schedule, inspect, and apply traffic-shaping.
Palo Alto enforces security for users at any location, on any device, while adapting policy based on user activity.
This firewall pushes up to 7.8 Gbps of Total Firewall Throughput, 4.3 Gbps of Threat Prevention Throughput, and 4.4 Gbps of IPsec VPN Throughput. It delivers 88,000 new session/second, and 2.2M max sessions.
Palo Alto Networks PA-3260 Next-Gen Firewall
- Total Firewall Throughput: 7.8 Gbps
- IPSec VPN Throughput: 4.4 Gbps
- Threat Prevention Throughput: 4.3 Gbps
- Powered by Machine Learning